Burning off and fire restrictions

When is the Fire Danger period in Corangamite Shire?

The Fire Danger Period (FDP) is determined by the CFA and typically commences in November or December each year.  During the FDP no burning off will be permitted within the Shire without a permit. The FDP started Monday 14 December 2020.

What is a Fire Danger Period?

This is a time of year when the fire danger risk is deemed to be high by the CFA.  This period extends from late spring, through summer and into autumn, when conditions are dry and hot.

The CFA advertises the date of commencement of the FDP in local newspapers. The commencement and finish of the FDP can be different from Shire to Shire, so inquiries should always be made if you intend to burn or if you see fires burning during the FDP.

Further information for planned burning, warnings and incidents can be obtained from the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.

What can I or can't I do?

During the Fire Danger Period, fires in the open are subject to legal restrictions.  No burning will be allowed at all in towns, this includes incinerators. A fact sheet has been prepared by the CFA which advises what can or can't be done during the Fire Danger Period and on days of total fire ban

Campfires on public land

In State Forests, National Parks and other reserves, Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DEWLP) fire restrictions remain in force all year round.  Contact DEWLP and Parks Victoria to obtain further advice about what campfire restrictions may apply.

Burning off inside the fire danger period

No burning is permitted during the FDP unless a fire permit has been obtained.  Corangamite Shire is authorised to issue these permits and are generally for stubble burning only (however, normally none will be issued during December, January and February).  Successful applicants must comply with permit conditions.  To burn a pile of wood, etc requires different permit conditions.  Some permits can be issued early in the fire season to remove piles around structures.  For fires that burn more than 24 hours, the Colac CFA must be contacted. Non-compliance of the CFA Act may attract heavy penalties. 

Alternatively you can reduce your fuel load and dispose of waste by:

  • Green waste can be taken to Council’s transfer stations. Keeping green waste separate to other materials will significantly reduce disposal fees.  Further information is available on Council's Rubbish and Recycling (weekly green waste collection) page.
  • Fine fuels, such as grass, leaves and bark, can be very useful for mulching the garden.

More Information

More information about preparing your property can be obtained on our Fire ready page.

Schedule 13 Stubble Burning Permit Conditions

Schedule 13 Permit to Burn by an individual provides an exemption for individuals to burn during the declared fire danger prior.  A permit to burn stubble will stipulate specific conditions which are provided with the permit and vary based on predetermined Stage Conditions.  All conditions must be met prior to burning and inspections may also be undertaken to monitor compliance.

Conditions Stage
Stage One Stage Two Stage Three Stage Four
Adequate Fire
Equipment in
attendance at time of ignition & burn 
3 Appliances 3 Appliances 2 Appliances 1 Appliance
Water (Litres in
attendance &
4,000 litres 4,000 litres 4,000 litres 2,000 litres
Adults in attendance
during burn & at time of ignition
6 6 4 2
Burning ignition time 5 pm 2 pm 12 noon 10 am
Width of breaks, free from flammable material 5 metres 5 metres 5 metres 5 metres
Notification to Country
Fire Authority
9 pm on
day PRIOR to
the burn
9 pm on
day PRIOR to
the burn
9 pm on
the day PRIOR to
the burn
9 pm on
the day PRIOR to
the burn
  • The above conditions are in addition to any conditions shown on the permit and are to be read in conjunction with the permit issued by the relevant Council.  In many cases other conditions may apply to support the permit and to reinforce notifications to local brigades and/or relevant authorities.

Burning off outside the Fire Danger Period

Burning off outside of the Fire Danger Period is allowed, however the following conditions apply:

  • In township areas - burning off is only allowed if the fire is 1m by 1m and must be extinguished before sunset.
  • Register your burn at least 30 minutes before ignition with Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) 1800 668 511
  • Establish a fire break of no less than three metres cleared of all flammable material
  • Ensure a water supply is available with enough water to extinguish the fire if required
  • Never leave the fire unattended
  • Comply with CFA conditions
  • Comply with General Local Law 2015 (Local Law No 1)(PDF, 3MB) open air burning (page 9).